Bankruptcy Code—Good-Faith Defense to Civil Contempt

Taggart v. Lorenzen, No. 18-489

A bankruptcy proceeding typically concludes with a discharge order, which “operates as an injunction against the commencement or continuation of an action” to collect the discharged debt. 11 U.S.C. § 524(a)(2). A discharge order must be enforced, if at all, through a court’s contempt powers. The Supreme Court today granted certiorari to resolve a dispute about the scope of the contempt power: whether a creditor’s good-faith belief that the discharge injunction does not apply precludes a finding of contempt. Mayer Brown LLP represents the respondents.